Bookmark and Share

May 27, 2004

STATEMENT REGARDING INDICTMENT OF
REVEREND MATTHEW J. KORNACKI
from
Catherine L. Rossi
Director of Communications

We understand that the U. S. Attorney's Office has indicted Reverend Matthew J. Kornacki, a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on a charge of possession of child pornography.

In July of 2003, the Office for Clergy was informed of allegations that Father Kornacki possessed child pornographic material. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia immediately removed Father Kornacki from active ministry. At no time did the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have any indication that Father Kornacki may have been involved with materials of this nature.

The Archdiocese has cooperated fully with authorities regarding this matter. These charges are serious and disturbing. We offer prayers for Father Kornacki and for any child who has been used in this way. The Archdiocese has in place comprehensive programs and policies to prevent abuse and pledges to do as much as humanly possible to protect children.

Father Kornacki was ordained a priest in 1973 and most recently served in the Department of Continuing Formation.

###

Contact
Catherine L. Rossi
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

Back to Top